I love a good walk for exercise, but I’m not much for working out at a gym. It’s not so much the actual workout, but the days after that give me grief. When I’m in the moment, I feel so accomplished: fat-burning, blood-pumping, adrenaline-rushing. Oh yes, in the midst of the hard workout, I’m ready to conquer the world.
Waking up the next morning is a different story altogether.
Before I even move, I sense the effects of the previous day. Sore muscles make it hard to walk, sit down, or raise my arms above my head. Who am I kidding? It even hurts to breathe, much less put my feet on the floor to lift myself out of bed.
Fighting life’s battles can be like that.
When you wake up in the morning, your first thought is of the struggle. Instantly you feel this unbearable weight pressing down on your chest. Your heart physically aches, your head pounds, soreness and exhaustion take over. It even hurts to breathe, much less put your feet on the floor to lift yourself out of bed.
I’ve been there too, friend. In fact, I’ve felt those familiar effects of battle recently. It’s like the wounds are trying to heal, but with every intentional movement, they burst open again. In those times, all I want is to wake up without feeling the weight of life’s struggles sitting like an elephant on my heart.
But can I share something I’ve discovered? It’s all part of the healing process. We need to walk through those battles to strengthen us and develop our faith, but we can’t do it alone. So to help us in these difficult times, I’ve compiled a list of 5 go-to verses for when you wake up feeling the weight of life’s struggles.
I pray these verses will encourage you and bring you one step closer to relief from your battle wounds, just as they have done for me.